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It looks like Jacob Hiner Sr. either abandoned or divorced Caroline A Gibbons Miles Hiner when Isaac and Jacob Jr.were young.It could be because Caroline had two children from her first marriage and he was not willing to take care of them and Caroline's sister and her son....a little overwhelming so to speak.
Jacob Jr. was married to Mary C. Fry (1847 - 1875)as his first wife. They were married April 5, 1868 in Franklin, Ark. In the 1870 census for Van Buren Crawford Co. Arkansas, Jacob Jr. lists his occupation as a farmer. He and Mary had no children that I know of.
I also show that Jacob was married to Ella Bolling (b 1864 - ?) in Dec. 1880. If her birth year is correct, she would have been 16 years old to Jacob's 32.Mary Louise Hiner was born in Dec. 1884 in Indian Territory.Jacob Jr in the June 1880 Census says he is a widower and a hotel keeper.
In 1880 Jacob's mother Caroline and her sister Louisa Wright lived in Alma Crawford County,Arkansas with Jacob Jr.s half brother Robert Miles from Caroline's first marriage. Caroline had some acreage and Robert is listed as a farm laborer.
In 1900 Census for Hartshorne, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory, Jacob Jr.and Mary Louise are with Ella. In that same census Ella gives her age as 33 and indicated they had been married 19 years making her only 14 when she and Jacob married. Mary Louise is 15. Ella also indicates she had had two children/only one living.
I suspect that when Mary became old enough to marry, Ella divorced Jacob and then remarried. Jacob is listed in both the 1910 and 1920 Census records in Wilson, Choctow co, Oklahoma, living with Joseph and Mary Louise (Hiner) Deavours.Again he lists himself as widowed although we know Ella had remarried.
Jacob Jr lists his parents birthplaces many ways in the census records.Probably based on rumors about his father from his mother or to keep some information secret or he was guessing. In 1880 he give his birth location as Arkansas, his father Pennsylvania and his mother Virginia. In 1900 he give his birth location but leaves his parents both blank. In1910 he is born in Arkansas, father in Germany, Mother in Kentucky. In 1920 he is born in Arkansas, and both parents in the US.
Caroline A. Gibbons Miles Hiner was born in Marion County, Kentucky about 1820. I have a good history on her if you would like to have it.
For Jacob A. Hiner Sr, I am diligently searching information to determine his lineage.
When did Jacob Jr die?I know it is after 1920.Do you know where he is buried? When did Mary Louise die? Do you have a death date on Ella Bolling Hiner Hour(sp)? And do you have any more information on Jacob Sr..like death date of birth locations.
I have some information on the Deavours children also.
email me if you are interested at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will mail you the information I have.
Jacob Jr.s full brother was Isaac Gibbons Hiner and I am descended from him.I live in Meeker, Lincoln County, Oklahoma so we are not far from each other. Kathryn Hiner Wagnon